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Elusive Creatures in a Vanishing World:
How Can We Save the Sasquatch?

By K. Steven Monk

Every day now, the world of the Sasquatch keeps getting smaller and smaller.

Over thousands of years, through the process of natural selection, the creatures that we call Bigfoot/Sasquatch have evolved into beings that are amazingly adept at avoiding human contact. Why they have chosen to do this is something known only to them. Perhaps it is because that their history of living on the same continent with us has shown them that we are an aggressive and destructive animal that, for the purposes of their survival, would best be avoided. Looking back at how we have made war on each other and not only killed each other but other animals as well, I can hardly disagree with their choice.

When one looks at the elusive nature of the Sasquatch, it would seem that the development of such uncanny powers of stealth have served them well. Even though they have lived right amongst us for all of our recorded time on this continent, we have yet to obtain even a single thread of evidence that would positively confirm their existence. Even people that have seen these creatures have reported that they seem to have the mysterious ability to virtually disappear from sight. With this amazing ability to avoid their most dangerous enemy it would seem that their survival is assured.

But there is one thing that history has shown us that no animal in the wild can survive -- loss of habitat.

Simply put, habitat is a space which a given specie finds suitable for the purposes of finding food and in which it can carry on the process of reproducing its own kind. For the Sasquatch this means large tracts of undeveloped wilderness. We have only to look around us to see the fact that this kind of living space is rapidly disappearing from the face of the North American continent. Unless this encroachment by man can be stopped, then the days of these creatures' existence are numbered, whether we ever prove that existence or not.

So therein lies the problem. How do you go about obtaining protection for a creature that has not even been recognized by science? The answer lies in a complex understanding of these creatures that has been gained by a small number of people located across North America known as habituators. Working with these creatures and each other in almost total secrecy, they have established safe havens across the North American continent in which these elusive creatures can find food, refuge and care. In these micro environments that lie just off the path to their deep woods retreats, these creatures have been able to establish a certain, although tenuous amount of trust with their human counterparts. Although they rarely let their human hosts actually see them, they let their presense be known by occasionally leaving small gifts in appreciation for the food and items left by their human hosts.

Science may or may not ever prove the existence of these creatures. But to these habituators, that is a rather mute point. That's because they are no longer mere believers--they KNOW that these things exist because of the fact that they are actually caring for them on their property and at many remote locations in the wilderness. They do not need science to prove that to them. Consequently, they have already taken the next step that would spring from this acknowledgement of existence; they are quietly going about the serious business of protecting these beings.

I know that there are some researchers that would say that the Sasquatch doesn't need any protection because he has been doing an outstanding job of protecting himself on this continent for thousands of years. But that was before the arrival of a group of humans who have never learned to live with their environment -- Homo sapiens europeanensis, if I may coin a humorous scientific name for them. The members of this specie have never learned to live with their environment because they have been too busy conquering it -- in the same way that they conquered it for the Native Americans, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the Passenger Pigeon. Regardless of how elusive the Sasquatch is, he will never be able to survive the destruction of his habitat. The history of man's inneraction with his envoronment on this continent has proven this to be a fact.

The only way that we are ever going to be able to protect the vast acreages of Sasquatch habitat on this continent is through the private acquisition of it by concerned groups. And the aforementioned habituators have already begun that process -- one habitat at a time.

They could sure use some more folks to get on the bandwagon with them.